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(In meeting with PRRD...) Beng presses NEA takeover, probe of Zamcelco


Mayor Beng Climaco on Saturday reiterated her request to President Rodrigo Duterte to order the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to immediately take over the management of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) and to investigate the present cooperative board and management.

This, in light of the worsening power problem in the city due to what Mayor Climaco describes as the inability of Zamcelco to adequately manage its affairs.

In a brief meeting with President Duterte at the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in Sta. Maria Saturday night, the mayor also asked anew for the president’s intervention in fast tracking the bidding process for the Investment Management Contract (IMC).

Energy Secretary Al Cusi, with whom the president delegated the matter, assured that the national government will address the matter in the coming days.

The president was in the city for a brief visit in relation to security issues that happened in neighboring provinces recently.

Recall that the mayor has personally handed to President Duterte the letter relaying her requests to help solve the Zamcleco issue last July 26 when the latter was in Labuan to distribute financial and relief assistance to victims of the July 22 fire incident in Purok 5.

The mayor said the NEA has “to ensure that day to day operation of Zamcelco will not be disrupted until an able management team that will fix the prevailing  local coop problems will be appointed.”

And as a long term solution to the aggravating Zamcelco problem, Climaco said the NEA should also call for the immediate appointment of a credible Interim Operating Management Team consisting of expert NEA personnel to immediately conduct management audit on financial operating position of Zamcelco.

The same panel of experts, Climaco said, “shall have the mandate to review the IMC proposal of Zamcelco and to find and recommend a viable investor that will assume the outstanding debts of Zamcelco, assure steady and reliable source of power, on a cost least burdensome to the consumer-members, for Zamcelco.”

“Finally, I urge all concerned agencies to initiate an investigation purposely to determine administrative/ criminal liabilities on the part of Zamcelco personnel,” the mayor stated in her letter to the president.

Climaco pointed out that the recent energy crisis in the city is brought about by Zamcelco’s inability to adequately manage its affairs resulting to inconvenience to the residents, disruption of public service due to the cooperative’s failure to pay its monetary obligations to Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC). (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)

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